From time to time we receive the news that a defibrillator has been used to save a life and when we have supplied the defibrillator and high quality CPR training to the staff this makes us very proud of everyone involved. Our full time trainer Sarah Butler trained the staff at Fulford school in York in AED and CPR training and as we know although anyone can use a defibrillator to save a life its the quality CPR that can really make a difference.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is an indiscriminate killer with a dismal survival rate of between 5 and 7%. While half the victims are elderly and over the age of 67, SCA can strike younger victims, including athletes and even younger children. It's the leading cause of death worldwide and is responsible for over 150,000 deaths a year in the United Kingdom alone.
The Resuscitation Guidelines 2010 state that the optimum treatment for SCA is immediate good quality Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and electrical 'Defibrillation' delivered using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
We all hope that a defibrillator is in place and rescue ready but is never used but if the time comes ensure you have received quality hands on training and not just a product demonstration and the more staff trained in CPR and AED the better to ensure good cover at all times.
When 15-year-old Alex Cowes' heart stopped suddenly during an indoor P.E lesson at school he was saved thanks to an on-site defibrillator and teachers who were able to carry out CPR to revive him. His parents want to highlight the importance of defibrillators in schools. Mum, Sue, said: "It was really upsetting. We can't express our gratitude to the school for their professional approach."
Defib Warehouse and First Rescue Training and Supplies would like to say a huge well done to all the staff at Fulford School for understanding the importance of having a defibrillator on site and keeping up to date with CPR and AED training.